National Seniors Day Webinar: Engaging Older Women in your Community

2017-10-05 10:00 - 11:00

Thursday, October 5, 2017
10 am PDT – 11 am PDT
1 pm EDT – 2 pm EDT

Free webinar – Register today!


Engaging Older Women in your Community is a promising practices tool developed as an outcome of the Older Women’s Dialogue Project (OWDP), a collaborative project between the West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL). The publication is intended to support your agency to anticipate and address structural barriers to the participation of older women in community initiatives aimed at legal and policy change.

The tool includes key questions to explore, tips for enhancing organizational capacity to include older women, and examples from our experience throughout the OWDP. All of the ideas contained in this resource reflect what CCEL and West Coast LEAF learned through working with older women in Vancouver, BC. 

Older women contribute enormously to our communities, through paid and unpaid work, caregiving, volunteering and much more. They also bring great knowledge and experience to their work. However, many older women also experience barriers to their well-being that impact on their ability to participate in community initiatives. This guide identifies strategies for engaging older women in meaningful, older women-led volunteering as a method to combat systemic inequalities against older women and support the leadership potential of older women. 

The guide will be useful for staff working in the women’s sector, seniors serving and volunteer organizations, and also to practitioners working in research, community development, program development, policy and law reform, and in general, for anyone working with older women in Canada. 

This webinar will have three parts:

  • Part 1: Krista James (National Director – Canadian Centre for Elder Law) will introduce the promising practice tool;  
  • Part 2: Shahnaz Rahman (Manager of Community Outreach – West Coast LEAF) will offer a feminist and women’s sector perspective on why the practices identified in this tool are important to inclusion;
  • Part 3: Clemencia Gomez (Executive Director – South Granville Seniors Centre) will share a senior’s services perspective.A brief Q&A session will follow the presentation.This free webinar is hosted by the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse  
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